Monday, July 18, 2005

And the Countdowns Begin

So recently, I have become increasingly aware that in just a few weeks, I am about to go through some major changes. Here are all of the countdowns...
11 days until I visit Little Rock - which also happens to be Chris's last real weekend in Little Rock
14 days until my birthday - not that this is a big birthday by any means, but probably worth mentioning nonetheless
18 days until my last day of camp - 19 until camp clean up - This is very sad for two reasons 1) I absolutely love working at camp - the kids, the staff, the environment - I LOVE it 2)This is the last real income I have until next summer and that is just kind of odd to me
19 days until Chris moves his stuff to Chicago
22 days until I start medical school orientation - enough implied I believe
26 days until my white coat ceremony - I think my family is more excited about this one then I am (I think I will be more excited about when I actually have M.D. behind my name)
28 days until I start classes and the stress really begins

So with all of this looming ahead, I keep getting asked if I am excited or nervous. My best answer is neither. I can honestly say none of it really feels real. (With the exception of Chris moving - I am ecstatic about that). I think some of it has to do with the fact that I haven't signed my loan papers yet and officially gone in to debt yet. Chris also had a great observation and insight as well. I have already done my big move. I am not getting ready to pack up and move to a new state like I was with undergrad. I already know the city, my family is near by, and I am already settled in my condo. On my long runs, I have gone by the campus to get a better feel for where things are so that I am not lost. I didn't get to do anything but my initial college vist for Washington University. Also playing into the mix is that I litterally have 3 days between when I stop working and when school starts. There isn't a big lull of time for me to process - but I think that I already did that in May when I moved to Chicago. The really cool thing about all of this is that in a very un-Tina-esk way, I don't feel totally stressed out about it all. It is all just happening and it is kind of how things are. If you know me well, you know that I have a huge tendency to obsess about everything and let stress really get to me. But probably for the first time ever in life, things just feel to be falling into place without me controlling them. Lately everything just seems to be going well. Sure there have been some bumps along the road, but I feel like I am getting closer to achieving my ultimate life/career goals, and that is a really neat feeling.

Much less serious, this weekend, I was among the throngs of people in line Friday evening/Saturday morning to purchase Harry Potter. Now, I really like the series, but I don't believe that I belonged there that night. I went so that I would have my book on Saturday because I was going to be stuck in Skokie for long enough to read, but not really come home or hang out with anyone. Anyhow, I am not part of the Harry Potter cult, I am just an avid reader, and think it is a great series. Also, I am only about 1/3 of the way through the book. My mom on the other hand is already done, and now listening to it on tape, and may be reading it again later in the week. I picked up the stickers and glasses and poster for her benefit :)

As far as knitting goes, I have finished the front of the top of the swimming suit with the exception of weaving in the ends. My goal is to have to back of the top finished by Sunday and the suit finished by my birthday because I would like to actually get use of it this summer.

Okay, thats it for now, a bit of reading a knitting before bed

Monday, July 04, 2005

Happy 4th of July

So it is the evening of the 4th of July, and its really sad, but its only 9:30 and I am exhausted. The sad thing is that there are fireworks going off outside my window and I might not get to sleep because it is so loud. I'm currently drinking hot milk, so that might help me fall asleep soon.
I have been proud this week because it was pretty productive. I finally hung my mirror and drying rack in my bathroom, put together 2 of 3 bookcases for my basement, replaced a flood light outside my front door, and cleaned my entire apartment. In addition to all of this, I went our for a 5 mile run - my farthest thus far. I think I am well on my way to being ready to run a 5K this fall with Chris. It has also been a productive knitting week. I finished two pillow cases, which means I only have 1 left, made a face cloth - great for exfoliation I might add - and started my swim suit. I am really excited about the swim suite and hope I can finish it before my birthday - kind of a birthday present to myself. The swimsuit top can also double as a regular top and I think will look really cute for going out.
I also had fun this weekend, which isn't necessarily a regular thing because I have spent so much time trying to get the condo together. My friend Beth had her graduation party on Saturday, and I hadn't seen her in I think a couple of years. It was great to see her. She is moving nearby, so I am looking forward to hanging out with her during the year. After that, my friend Talia had a party. Of course it was on the other side of the world, but it is always great to hang out with Talia. Today I went to my mom's and we made some great food to take to the bbq we were going to. My mom works closely with a priest and they are pretty good friends, so he invited us to the church where they have a rooftop patio. It was nice - good food, and good conversation. It was also interesting to see the fireworks coming up from the street. Members of the community gather in the center of each block and try to outdo the other blocks. It was most interesting that this was still all being caried out even though it was raining. As I was leaving, the amount of fireworks was only increasing. Amazing that there are so many fireworks when they are illegal in the city - maybe even the state.
Ok, I'm exhausted, more another day.

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